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Benedict Cumberbatch

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Cumberbatch at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards in 2014
Born
Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch

19 July 1976 (1976-07-19) (age 45)
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Occupation Actor
Years active 1999–present
Works
Performances
Spouse(s)
Sophie Hunter (m. 2015)
Children 2
Parents
Family
  • Henry Carlton Cumberbatch (grandfather)
  • Henry Arnold Cumberbatch (great-grandfather)
  • Robert William Cumberbatch (great-great-grandfather)
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Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch CBE (born 19 July 1976) is an English actor. His most famous roles include Sherlock Holmes in Sherlock (2010), Peter Guillam in the spy thriller Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011), Stephen Hawking in Hawking (2004), William Pitt in Amazing Grace (2006), and his Academy Award-nominated role as Alan Turing in The Imitation Game.

He also played Stephen Ezard in The Last Enemy (2008), Paul Marshall in Atonement (2007), Bernard in Small Island (2009), as Khan in Star Trek Into Darkness,

He voiced the character Smaug, and the Necromancer in The Hobbit (2012). Cumberbatch played Julian Assange in the 2013 movie The Fifth Estate. He ranked #1 in Empire Magazine's "100 Sexiest Movie Stars" in 2013. He was named one of the most influential people in the world by TIME magazine in 2014.

Career

In 2000 Cumberbatch acted on TV for the first time in an episode of Heartbeat, and was on the show again in 2004. He began acting in theatre in 2001. He played Ford in 12 Years a Slave. In 2013 Cumberbatch was nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television at the Golden Globes.

Personal life

Benedict Cumberbatch was born to a family that was already wealthy. His parents were both actors, and his ancestor Abraham Cumberbatch started a sugar plantation in the British colony of Barbados which was worked by slaves. As an adult, he dated actress Olivia Poulet. On 5 November 2014, Cumberbatch announced his engagement to Sophie Hunter. On 14 February 2015, Cumberbatch married Hunter. They have two sons, Christopher Carlton (born 1 June 2015) and Hal Auden (born 3 March 2017).

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